Pray like 2pack

Lord be with us through the bad times as well as the good

See us through in our daily work as we trust in you

Keep me and my woman faithful and true to each other

I appreciate you for love, kindness, mercy and grace

Watch us through the night

And in the morning make our ways right

Grant us and our families’ protection, provision and love

In humble adoration we ask

That may the words of my mouth, and the meditation of our hearts,

Be acceptable in your sight

Amen

 

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Super Human

 At first, I looked like a ninja turtle expressing super hero ability when I had both hands over my head, with my eyes wide open and one of my leg suspended in the air just before stumping the next step

For what I thought to be a super hero posture for a minute, turned out to be a dummy posture! I realized how dumb it was when her laughter ravaged the air like gazelles chanting.

It was all the effect of coming in contact with a super human!

Keep calm! I said to myself, pretending to look all cool. Then I took courage and approached this black opal, tall and slender with well braided heir which made her looked African. I was looking into my techno phone as if it is the source of my technical know-how. Trying to keep calm over and over, but her eyes overshadowed my cherished phone when I managed and stole a look into her eyes.

I folded my phone away and said “hi” only to be greeted by the brightest smile ever!

Unexpected! I never expected such a beauty to respond positively to my lame approach.

We talked, and smiled and laughed and exchanged contacts which in all made me confident about the choice I had made to ask her out, I just felt she was the right person for me, I didn’t hesitate to express my feelings and to openly ask. She promised to send me an SMS much later in the day, and that promise kept me waiting, trusting and hoping for the rest of the day.

From the laughter, to the smiles, to the positive responses, and the late night SMS I knew she should be the one. She is such a person of bright spirit which made me convinced that every colour of the flowers I see around, all the breath of winds that even my enemies enjoy, the motion of the sea, the sound of aircrafts and metros were doing nothing but proclaiming her name.

Black opal, black beauty, black woman with ebony skin patterned and stylishly defined by henna, turmeric touched skin, reddish finger colouring. Characterized by sound personality, freshest dew of the morning coming from her breath. You could be fooled trying to look for wine in a bottle, but her lips has the best wine ever

 

7 Dimension

 

  1. I can choose to view you, as that faithful loving princess of mine who doesn’t give space to other guys. The only girl who knows I’m crazy about her and she is crazy about me
  2. I can choose to see you on a second glance as that hypocrite, who shows me love but yet shares her love and affection with some strange dudes who has for long planned to take advantage of you and never had the chance. So utilizes every chance to get back to you
  3. I can choose to view you with a better glance, as clean religious girl who wants to keep it safe and pure and holy in her relationship. The girl who can make her man wait instead of a one night stand
  4. I can choose to view you as a girl who understands what true love is, and is willing to share her love with me regardless of anything else which may follow.
  5. I can choose to see you as a girl who is not yet exposed to the realities in life and knows nothing much about sex and relationships. I girl afraid to give herself passionately to her guy who cherishes her love and her body, a guy who can stand up to the task and say “ yes I’m the man”
  6. I also may decide to see you as that girl who cherishes our kisses, our touch, our tight hugs, our unspoken words that can only be heard by leaning on each other’s shoulder.
  7. Above all, I chose to see you as faithful, loving, crazy girl who loves me as crazy as I am. I chose to see you for your passion, inner strength, beliefs, love, sharing ability; your exposure, your touch, the depth of you kiss, tightness of your hugs and your unspoken words.

 

That I may be certain of tomorrow;

when you pray, say “Our father in heaven”

What does the Lord’s Prayer Mean?

A short line-by-line analysis. Click on the title links for more in-depth commentary.

Our Father which art in Heaven

Jesus teaches His disciples that God is our parent in Heaven. The Apostle Paul restates this by extorting the believer to address God as “Abba” (Aramaic for “Daddy”- the kind of intimate word that a child would use to his or her father) ” And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”” (Rom 8:15, NIV)

Hallowed be thy name

The first of seven requests in this prayer. “Hallowed” means holy. As we pray this line we are reminding ourselves that God is separate from us, completely pure and faultless. Here we become aware of our own frailty as we adore and worship the living God.

Thy kingdom come

God’s kingdom is to do with His ways and order. So here we are asking that God’s ways happen here, as they are fully obeyed in Heaven.

Thy will be done

The third request in this prayer is that God’s will occurs. Here we are aligning our will with God’s will, we are submitting ourselves to Him, and asking that His way triumphs.

Give us this day our daily bread

We need God in all areas of our life (physical, spiritual and mental), and this is a daily need. We need to come back to God regularly, each day- indeed, many times each day and many ways, for we can quickly become independent and self-seeking. Jesus reiterates this daily dependency when he exhorts us to not “worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself” (Math 6:34, NIV)

And forgive us our trespasses

Different versions of this prayer use different words here – sometimes “trespasses”, “debts” or “sins” (click here for a explanation of this). Here we bring to mind the ways in which we have failed God and others, and ask the Lord for His forgiveness.

As we forgive them that trespass against us

As we receive God’s forgiveness, we bring to mind anyone who we feel may have wronged us, and pardon them.

And lead us not into temptation

The sixth request in the Lord’s prayer is not to be in a place where temptation might overwhelm us. It is not wrong to be tempted or tested (Jesus was!). It is wrong to give in to this temptation.

But deliver us from evil

The final request is for protection by our Father in heaven. When Jesus was tempted by Satan, he declared ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'(Math 4:4 NIV). In times of trial, Jesus recognises the Lord as His source of deliverance. Likewise we are to depend on God when evil is at our door.

For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory. Forever and ever. Amen.

The prayer finishes with a closing doxology, that is, a hymn of praise to God. Not all versions of the Lord’s prayer include this as many biblical scholars believe that this was added at a later date.

Read more: http://www.lords-prayer-words.com/lord_traditional_king_james.html#ixzz3qVmhk7Ai

Source: That I may be certain of tomorrow

Autobiography: Chief Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe

“My stiffest earthly assignment is ended and my major life’s work is done. My country is now free and I have been honored to be its first indigenous head of state. What more could one desire in life?” Nnamdi Azikiwe, talking about Nigeria’s Independence on October 1, 1960.http://kwekudee-tripdownmemorylane.blogspot.com/2013/06/nnamdi-azikiwe-great-pan-africanist-and.html

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Chief Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe, usually referred to as“Great Zik of Africa”, was one of the leading figures of modern African Nationalism. He is a well-known African elder statesman, for many years played a prominent role in the fight for the emancipation of Black Africa from colonial rule. For many of those who lived in colonial Nigeria, Nnamdi Azikiwe was a super-man sent especially to free them from alien rule. He is a key figure among West African nationalists who envisaged a united Ibo people, he was the ceremonial president at independence and head of state although Nigeria’s first republic (1960-1963).

Early life 

His nationalism ideas started alongside Africa’s finest nationalist; Herbert Macaulay they were both champions of the masses and hold a strong opposition to the British rule of western Africa. Azikiwe was born on 16 November 1904, in Zungeru, Northern Nigeria. His parents were Igbo. He attended Methodist Boys High School Lagos, and later went to the United States. While there he attended Howard University, Washington DC, before enrolling and graduating from Lincoln University, Pennsylvania, in 1930. He obtained a master’s degree in Religion from Lincoln University in 1932 and another master’s degree in Anthropology from University of Pennsylvania in 1934. He worked as an instructor at Lincoln before returning to Nigeria.

Newspaper career 

Azikiwe’s nationalism journey comprises of his encounter with various people of same interest. After teaching at Lincoln, Azikiwe, in November 1934, took the position of editor for the African Morning Post, a daily newspaper in Accra, Ghana. In that position he promoted a pro-African nationalist agenda and mentored another Africa’s finest nationalist; Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana.Zik had been instrumental in sending many Ghanaian and Nigerian students to Lincoln. The most famous of these was Nkrumah. “My nationalism was also revived … through articles written in The West African Morning Post by Nnamdi Azikwe, a Nigerian from Onitsha. Azikiwe was himself a graduate from an American university and when I had first met him after he had addressed a meeting of the Gold Coast Teachers’ Association some years earlier in Accra, I had been greatly impressed by him and had been more determined than ever to go to America.” – Kwame Nkrumah. In his passionately denunciatory articles and public statements he censured the existing colonial order: the restrictions on the Africans’ right to express their opinions, and racial discrimination. He also criticized those Africans who belonged to the “elite” of colonial society and favored retaining the existing order, as they regarded it as the basis of their well-being.”

After his job and encounter with Nkrumah in Ghana, he returned to Lagos, Nigeria, in 1937 and founded the West African Pilot, which he used as a vehicle to foster Nigerian ziknationalism. He founded the Zik Group of Newspapers, publishing multiple newspapers in cities across the country.

Azikiwe became active in the Nigerian Youth Movement, the first genuinely nationalist organization in Nigeria. After a successful journalism enterprise, Azikiwe entered into politics, co-founding the National Council of Nigeria and the Cameroons alongside Herbert Macaulay in 1944 and worked with the well-known advocate Abubakar Tafawa Balewa as prime minister in the 60s.Nigeria’s-First-Prime-Minister-Alhaji-Sir-Abubakar-Tafawa-Balewa

He died on 11 May 1996, at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, in Enugu, Enugu State, after a protracted illness. He was buried in his native Onitsha. His efforts and legacy has been said to rival that of non-other African nationalist. Former Lincoln University President Sudarkasa asserted that “Zik was the only African leader whose history as Pan-Africanist theoretician and activist predated and rivaled that of Nkrumah.” Prof Ali Mazrui also observed that “for parts of Africa, Nnamdi Azikiwe`s life traversed the entire span of European colonial rule and beyond.”

Legacy

Places named after Azikiwe include the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu, the Nnamdi Azikiwe University in Awka, Anambra State, Nnamdi Azikiwe Press Centre, Azikiwe Avenue, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. His portrait adorns Nigeria’s five hundred naira currency note.

Achievements

He rose to the highest rank of respect among the Igbo people of Nigeria and in 1960, Queen Elizabeth II appointed him to the Privy Council of the United Kingdom. He was conferred with the highest national honor of Grand Commander of the Federal Republic by the Federal Republic of Nigeria, in 1980. He has received fourteen honorary degrees from Nigerian, American and Liberian universities, which include Lincoln University, Storer College, Howard University, Michigan State University, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, University of Lagos, Ahmadu Bello University, University of Ibadan, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, and University of Liberia.

Sports

Azikiwe was actively involved in sports at every stage of his life, and he was successful in many of the events that he participated in. he received numerous award like Welterweight Boxing Champion Storer College; Gold Medalist in Cross Country, Storer College; Howard University; Captain, Lincoln University Soccer Team; Winner Two Miles Run, Central Inter-Collegiate Athletic Association Championships at Hampton Institute Virginia; Gold Medalist in the 1,000 yard run, Democratic Field Day Championships, New Haven, Connecticut; to mention but a few.

Politics 

During his lifetime, he held several political posts, especially in Nigeria. They include Executive Committee Member of Mambili Party, Accra; General Secretary of National Council of Nigerian and the Cameroons; President of the NCNC ; Vice-President of the Nigerian National Democratic Party; Member for Lagos and Leader of the Opposition in the Western House of Assembly, Minister of Internal Affairs, Eastern Region; President of the Senate of the Federation; Governor-General and Commander-in-Chief of Nigeria; President of the Republic of Nigeria ; and Chairman and Presidential candidate of the Nigeria People’s Party .

Professional world 

He made a name for himself in the professional world. The many posts he held included: Instructor in Political Science, Lincoln University; University Correspondent for the Baltimore Afro-American; Editor-in Chief of the West African Pilot; Managing Director of Zik’s Press Limited printers and publishers of the West African Pilot, Managing Director of Comet Press Limited ; Chairman of West African Pilot Limited and the Associated Newspapers of Nigeria Limited and six other limited liability companies; Chairman, Nigerian Real Estate Corporation Limited.

Societies and organizations 

He was a member of many organizations and societies, including Anti-Slavery Society for the protection of Human Rights; Phi Beta Sigma fraternity ; West African Students’ Union; Onitsha Improvement Union; Zik’s Athletic Club; EkineSekiapu Society of Buguma, Kalabari; Royal Economic Society; Royal Anthropological Institute; British Association for the Advancement of Science; American Society of International Law; American Anthropological Association; American Political Science Association; American Ethnological Society; Amateur Athletic Association of Nigeria; Nigerian Swimming Association, Nigerian Boxing Board of Control; Nigerian Cricket Association; Ibo State Union; Nigerian Table Tennis Association; Nigeria Olympic Committee and British Empire and Commonwealth Games Association.

 

Nnamdi Azikiwe and Kwame Nkrumah, first Presidents of Nigeria and Ghana respectively, were educated at the same tertiary institutions: Lincoln University and the Ivy League University of Pennsylvania. Even though Azikiwe appeared to be a pseudo-Pan-Africanist, and a capitalist and of which Capitalism and Pan-Africanism don’t mix, his works and legacy still lived among those who believe in nationalism and the continual freedom of the African.

Book Review: Simmel’s Philosophy (Sociology) of Money

The philosophy of money a manual for the modern man. A beautiful book which outlines the stages of monetary evolution. In the early stage there was barter trade, but in an advanced stage, money becomes a metal and note with value inscriptions and signatures on it. The state ensures that the mark on money is worth the thing exchanged for. We all know money is some paper that does not reflect the resources on this planet; it’s something people invent along with the rules and the way they are distributed.

Money stores value, but the value of resources and services are both culturally created and dependent on current technologies and resources. Extraction and creation of new materials is dependent on technology, and when a resource becomes too abundant, it loses monetary value.

This book although written as philosophy addresses thoughtfully key sociological issues such as the creation of money, reconfiguration of its value, the power of its exchangeability, over barter. Exchange, Simmel argues, can best be understood as a form of social interaction. So money is nothing far from understanding the social relationship attached around it

Looking around the world today, everyone uses money; special shiny coins or pale papers moving from one person’s hand to another’s and now mostly moved around in computers and various modern transactional technologies in non-physical forms. It allows individuals to be free, slaves, liars. Money basically modifies behaviors and changes values and everything is connected to it. Without money society does not eat, sleep or do any other thing of transaction and value.

In the modern world, money is more than a standard of value and of exchange. Money does economic functions like calculations, it symbolizes and embodies the modern rationality in fair exchange, and impersonality. Money levels qualitative differences between things as well as between people; it is the major mechanism that paves the way from Gemeinshcaft to Gesellschaf

Since most books and articles about money are written for economist and not humans, Simmel in this series present the philosophical stand of monetary relationship to humans. His analysis use uncomplicated dictions and many analogies which help to put many issues relating to society and money into clearer perspective.

Simmel did a good job by elaborating the dual role of money which consists, of the measurability the value relations of goods exchanged and, as an element exchanged with goods and therefore making money to become a thing of value in itself. Money is value and value is money.

That I may be certain of tomorrow

dear Jesus, I go to bed daily sometimes I pray, other times I don’t

With all these little crumbs of sins in me

Some things I said during the day without noticing how detestable they are.

In my little tradition of thoughts, I sometimes refuse to acknowledge your Lordship

in my stubborn head, I sometimes refuse you.

In my pride, I sometimes ignore your power.

Therefore, in your Lordship and majesty, bring me down to my knees,

tear my unbelief and humble me once again till I’m on my knees.

As I sleep alone this night, with thoughts of you all over my mind,

I pray for sound sleep. But even far above all, if I do not wake up tomorrow in this life,

Please wake me at your feet in the life hereafter.

If I do wake up in this life,

please strengthen  my hope, faith and believe.

That I may be certain of tomorrow’s wealth, well-being, and tomorrow’s service that you have promised and prepared for me from the beginning of time.

According to your riches in glory,

your love, provision shall be be upon the hungry, the poor, the sick, the heartbroken and slaves, and even those in conflict.

I want to mention all these need of the whole world, but how can I, when the one who supersedes time exist and is LORD over me?

Dear omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent,

I pour out my heart in thanksgiving, because of the grace through your son. Jesus Christ.

AMEN